Holy Spirit Language

I know it’s weird to admit this but I really like to learn languages. If I didn’t have my family, I think it would be a BLAST to get dropped in a place that spoke no English for like 6weeks so that I could acquire whatever the language is that’s spoken in that place. Some languages that I’d like to get under my belt include: Mandarin, Khmer, Bengali, Swahili & I’m sure there’s several more I’d quickly add to my list.
But my first priority is to learn the language of the Holy Spirit. I appreciate that the underpinnings for this language are rooted in genuine love, so all the subtleties & communication nuances have the flavor & lingering residues of genuine love. I think the Holy Spirit’s language is also infused with intimacy & connection, endeavoring to facilitate & integrate genuine love in every conversation. Finally, I think the Holy Spirit’s language is one of transformation – seeing things that aren’t visible, calling things that aren’t as though they are & exchanging broken & dysfunctional for healthy & redeemed.
Anyone want to learn the Holy Spirit’s language with me?

Love on Valentines Day

This picture is the word “love” in 9 different languages. It took me awhile to practice the one in Mandarin & I think I kind of botched the Arabic one. But the idea remains the same regardless of the script or language.
Valentines Day is often attributed to expressing romantic love, but genuine love is WAY MORE than romance. Genuine love is grounded in the reality that God is love & nothing we do or don’t do will change Who God is, full stop. God will never stop loving you because God will never stop existing.
So let’s not only celebrate that God loves us, but let’s allow that opulent & lavish love God gives us to overflow through us today!

mistranslation

I really like languages – they fascinate me in their ability to not merely communicate words but so much more than that.  But i find it interesting that even when we communicate w someone who has our common mother language, there’s PLENTY of room for mis-communication.  Here’s an interesting example:  several years ago, i was talking w a young man in our church who was EXTREMELY upset.  We were talking through a conflict that he was in & he made a statement that still haunts me today.  He said something to the affect that it was the hearers 100% responsibility to understand him, regardless of his poor communication skill.  This floored me & still makes me spin. 

Communication is a 2 way street – the hearer & the speaker should work together to be on the same page.  This is also true w God.  I think there are alot of times that God speaks w us, but we mistranslate what He’s saying.  This often happens because we don’t like what He’s saying or we didn’t listen for the whole message or we didn’t wait for Him to give us the context for application, or . . . .  Personally, i think God speaks w us, ALOT.  But let’s continually pray that He increases our abilities to understand Him & that He decreases our mistranslations 😉